It is not often that a liberal or "progressive" group openly praises Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, but, on Tuesday, a pro-gay group did exactly that in an press email.
Here is the e-letter Bayoubuzz received in which Jindal is given a "left-handed" compliment of sort for a recent "schduling" conflict:
Governor Jindal, in spite of his long political history of cozying up to right-wing extremists, has declined to attend this year's Values Voter Summit in Washington DC.
His last-minute scheduling conflictcame immediately after a coalition of national organizations dedicated to LGBT advocacy and racial justice, including the NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center, GLAAD, and Faithful America, issued an open letter urging the governor to distance himself from the vicious anti-LGBT hatred and naked racism espoused by the summit's sponsors, the Family Research Council and the American Family Association.
Even more incredible is that this announcement comes on the heels of Jindal's public support for Tony Perkins, the Family Research Council's longtime president, as a member of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. Perkins is also a member of the governor's Commission on Marriage and Family along with Gene Mills, his successor as the leader of FRC affiliate Louisiana Family Forum.
“Jindal, of course, is well-known around the country for insisting after the 2012 elections that Republicans should stop being ‘the stupid party’ and focus on promoting new policies and ideas to inspire voters,” said Matthew Patterson of Equality Louisiana.
Patterson and other progressives applaud Jindal for finally following his own advice and rejecting the tired bigotry promoted by Tony Perkins and his associates. Josh Glasstetter says in his writing for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog, “Regardless of why he skipped the event, what matters at the end of the day is that Jindal isn’t lending his support to groups that demonize LGBT [people] with falsehoods.” Louisiana Progress and Equality Louisiana join Patterson and others in their unexpected congratulations for Gov. Jindal.
About Equality Louisiana
Equality Louisiana works to achieve full equality for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in Louisiana by supporting the development and on-going success of strong LGBT college, local, regional, statewide, and allied organizations while also providing a collective voice for the expansion of civil rights through policy and legislative advocacy.